Monthly Archives: April 2020

Week of April 27th

Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your continued patience during this time. Over this last week, I have worked to provide additional organizational resources for both students and parents to help stay organized in our online environment. Several of these have been at the request of parents or based on feedback from parents. Your feedback and questions are important in helping make this process as smooth as possible. This week’s resources are linked below :

+Mr. Bodde’s Weekly Schedule (this includes specific events students can participate in)

+Suggested Weekly Schedule

+Assignment Checklist

+Weekly Overview Video

Throughout the week I am providing feedback to students through their Google Classroom assignments. In this week’s video, I give an example of what this looks like for students. Below you’ll see a screenshot of what students will see on their documents.

I have also received many questions on what grading looks like during this time. The current district position is that students in grades k-8 will not receive a final grade for the 4th marking period. We are documenting student’s completion of the weekly tasks on Sapphire for a record of their work during this period. Today I am updating Sapphire to reflect last week’s assignments. During the week I rely heavily on Google Classroom to communicate and provide feedback with students. Sapphire will serve as the final record of student’s completions. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

I pray you and your family are continuing to stay healthy during this difficult time. Have a great week and don’t hesitate to reach out.

Weekly Update for the Week of 4/20/20

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work out a system that works for students, parents and teachers in this challenging time. Here is a link to the weekly video I provided to students to preview the assignments for this week.

I wanted to share a few key points that were points of confusion over this last week.

  • There are not technically grades during this period. Instead, assignments are marked as “completed” in Sapphire through the use of an “R” for received. The reason for the “R” is to communicate with parents that their child has completed the assignment for that subject.
  • Assignments can be turned in with email however the preferred method is Google Classroom. Each Monday students can find all of the activities, assignments, and resources organized by subject on Google Classroom. In some cases I have even created the documents they will need to complete.
  • Students will receive feedback on their assignment on Google Classroom. When they click on the assignment, they should see my comments at the bottom of the assignment.
  • This week, based on feedback, I composed a checklist for students as well as a suggested weekly schedule. This is no required but is just a resource for students or parents who might light having a plan provided for the week.
  • I am available every morning from 9-10 AM in the Google Meet that is already setup in Google Classroom. I am also available all day through email or Google Hangout (the messaging tool connected to the student’s email). If you or your student have any questions, concerns or comments on the assignments, do not hesitate to reach out.

Thank you again for your understanding and feedback as we continue to make this system work for everyone.

Week of April 12th

I wanted to share with all of you a brief snapshot of what the next two weeks look like as we transition to our full-time online environment.

  • A fresh set of “enrichment and review” assignments, created at the district level, will be posted on Monday, April 13th on the district site. 
  • Students will complete the assignments throughout the week and submit them to me on Google Classroom. 
  • I will review their work, provide feedback, and list the assignment as “received” on Sapphire. 
  • In an effort to let you know what the student has completed, I will create the assignment on Sapphire on Monday morning and will record them as completed as the students complete each item.
  • I will be present in our “Digital Classroom” to meet with students between 9-10 AM each day and will also be willing to work with students in our “Digital Classroom” at the request of students throughout the rest of the school day. Students are always welcome to email or message me using Google Hangout (located on the left-hand side of their email) at any time if they are in need of assistance as they complete their assignments. The district has also permitted educators to use Google Meet to meet with students in a video-chat format during school hours as requested.
  • In addition, I will be launching a weekly calendar of events and tasks that students can participate in during the week. These events or tasks are an effort to help students reconnect with their classmates after our extended time apart. Some of the events will be scheduled for a specific date and time during the week.
  • I will be continuing with my two daily math challenges for students to attempt each weekday. These challenges can be found here.
  • On April 20th, we will be moving forward in our curriculum in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science.
    • While the assignments will not take your child the entire week to complete, know that spending time each day reading and reviewing previously learned skills on Khan Academy are the two best ways to help make sure your child is staying prepared for middle school.
  • Each week after will follow a similar pattern to this upcoming week with assignments being posted on Monday and due on Friday.  

Tomorrow, Monday the 13th, I ask that you have your student log on to our Google Classroom where they will find a video message from myself explaining the expectations for how assignments are to be completed and turned in, what special events and tasks will be available during the week, and how and when he or she will be able to meet with me for additional help or assistance. This week I will also be posting the weekly video on my blog so that you can have an idea of what I am asking and expecting from my students. 

Moving forward, I encourage you to check the district site, the Eshleman blog, and my blog each week to stay informed on events or changes as we start our “new normal” here at Penn Manor. Feel free to email me at, or message me on the Remind app.

Quick Update

Thank you to each of you who have been encouraging your child to tackle some of the tasks Penn Manor has provided on the district page. Continue to have your child share their work with me through Google Classroom or email. While I prefer Google Classroom as it allows me to give students feedback in an organized way, I understand if email is easier. I have a few assignments to give students feedback on, however, almost all of the assignments submitted on Google Classroom should have comments attached or have comments in their file (Google docs, Google Drawing, Google Slides, etc.)

Additionally, I am looking to share some of the great work students have completed however I also want to be mindful that not all students want their work shared. On Google Classroom your child can check out two of our student’s Rube Goldberg machines that they have designed. Consider encouraging your child to check out their classmate’s work and submitting their own design this week.

Finally, while I am still very limited in what the district wants us to post or provide in addition to what is on the district site, I’ve decided to provide my students with a daily math challenge task. These will be difficult but they will tie into our 6th-grade curriculum. The first task is live, so consider encouraging your child to check it out here.

As always, email with questions or concerns. Stay safe.